One (more) for the Mockingbird

Book cover of “To Kill a Mockingbird”Beloved and celebrated for five decades, not only in print but in cinema, Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” has crafted a pedigree the envy of most writers.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel served not only as Lee’s glorious debut but her swansong as well; the reclusive author all but disappeared after its 1960 publication while the voices of her brilliantly drawn characters spoke for her to generations of high school English students.

Nearly 55 years later, the silence – rather unexpectedly – is over.

NIU’s Amy Newman talks to the NIU Newsroom about the significance of this surprise – and how it might impact Lee’s legacy.

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